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Te Araroa Day 2 ,3 and 4 almost to Ahipara

To the Bluff
Up early this and away by 8 am. Abbie still hanging in there …Josephine , a French girl was also at the Twilight Camp site, she is RUNNING the trail, thought I was daft…
Finally get to see 90mile beach, always thought it started at Cape Reinga, na, at least 15 ks on, make that hard k’s..
So up and down, round and round and after 10 ks finally onto the beach. Final descent was on more beastly stairs. A counted them, over 300 steps. Legs not quite so jelly like.

This was a long hard day, sand blowing across the beach and the frequent nasty shower, just left my wet weather poncho cover on.
High sandhills to the left and the Tasman Sea to the right. A had two huge blisters under her toes so took her boots off and walked in the sea. She looked a sad wee picture trudging along. In the a m we met a man going up the beach in the classic ute sans dogs, said he would be back down about 3 pm, we decided we would cadge a lift but by 3.10 nada so off we set for the bluff. No cell phone coverage
for much of the beach and plan b could not be implemented, this was to ring the lady at Hukatere Lodge and ask her to come and get us..Nope , not happening.
We walked and walked and by 6 pm still could not even see thev dratted Bluff so decided a night in the dunes was the answer.
Followed a stream up into the dunes for a few hundred metres and found a good spot. It had now stopped raining but plenty of drifting sea mist..
Cooked up a curry from my collection , plopped in a boiled egg, yum, finished off with dried apricots..
In bed by 8 pm. next morning up early, sun shining, muesli and coffee for brekkie, getting the hang of the stove. Ready to leave by 8 am, knowing we had another long day ahead, but for me, a bed!!!!
Just as we were doing our final phaff around, a voice from up the creek yells’show us your tits!!!!!’ DO not think he meant mine!!!
We did not reply, but glad I was not there on my own.How long had someone been there???
Would have seen my bare bum, good luck to him!!

To Hukatere

So onwards to Hukatere, we stopped at the Bluff camping ground, we would never have made it the previous night as it was about 5 ks from where we stopped and Mr Apple said we had done 27 ks..
NEedless to say I was as stiff as a board, very nasty..
NIce day though and we met up with four Amerucans, two had done the Appalachian trail!! PLus two Getmans who had badly blisted feet, unusual for Germans to make a miatke about gear…
Had my first Magnum icecream in years, already taken in pants getting loose so icecreams are on the menu !!!
Lodge was ok, bit tired but we were fed and watered forfree!!!
Had a terrible night with back spasms, thanks Pahoia, old strain from hard yakka , does not happen often thank heavens, yet to have a good nights sleep.

To Waipapakauri
Only 17 ks today, Sunday so we dawdled.
Nice to begin with then the wind started, i have sand everywhere, when we got to Waipapkauri I had a little dusting of sand on the side facing the sea..
Met up with our man from yesterday who offered
A a ride on his new quad bike which was on the back of his ute..Backwd up to a sand bank and drove it off, Abbie had fun, i checked my phone…
MOtel here is Ok, not having to do evwrything at ground level is a huge plus.
Loads of skylarks above the dunes and young Molly hawks learning how to fly, funny as.
Saw a dead baby folphin just as came onto Twilight Beach the other day…
Long post today promise will ho back to 300 words tomorrow.

1 Comment

  1. Bit of a relief you are in touch and it should get easier. Not a walk to be taken lightly so well done so far. Bit of a worry, the loony in the dunes. Do police know?
    Happy walking.

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